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Sunday, Dec. 4, 2005

KANSAI: Who & What

Kyoto Protocol seminar to cover Canada, Japan:
Kwansei Gakuin University will present a two-day seminar on Canadian studies Dec. 10 and 11 at the university's Nishinomiya Uegahara campus in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture.

At the 16th annual seminar, participants will discuss global warming under the theme: "Hot under the collar: Meeting the Kyoto Protocol Commitment in Canada and Japan," focusing on how Canada and Japan propose to meet their obligations to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.

David Anderson, a member of the Canadian Parliament, former environmental minister and former president of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Program, will give a keynote speech introducing Canada's approach to meeting the Kyoto Protocol commitment. A series of sessions and discussions with environmental specialists will follow.

The keynote speech will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Kwansei Gakuin Hall, and no admission or reservation is required.

Participation for the rest of the event is 1,500 yen including lunch on Saturday, 5,000 yen including lunch and dinner on Saturday, and 8,000 yen including lunch and dinner on Saturday and an overnight stay at the university's sports center with breakfast on Sunday.

Those who wish to attend must make a reservation by Monday.

For reservations and more information, call the university's Center for International Education and Cooperation at (0798) 54-6115.

English tour of festival at Kasuga Wakamiya:
A volunteer guide interpreter is organizing a one-day tour for English-speaking foreigners to a Shinto festival in Nara on Dec. 17.

Participants will observe a procession of people dressed in historical costumes representing the periods between Heian (794-1185) and Edo (1603-1867), which is part of an annual festival at Kasuga Wakamiya Shrine, an auxiliary of the grand Kasuga Shrine.

Participants will meet guide Paul Satoh at 9:30 a.m. in front of the Kyoto City Tourist Information Office on the second floor of the JR Kyoto Station building.

Reservations must be made in advance. The tour is reserved for non-Japanese only.

The actual cost of the tour will be around 2,200 yen, including transportation and lunch. Plus, another 1,000 yen will be accepted as a gratuity.

For reservations and more information, fax Satoh at (072) 831-2797.

Discussion on Korean acceptance of Japan lit:
The International Research Center for Japanese Studies will host a public forum on Japanese literature accepted in South Korea from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 20 at Campus Plaza Kyoto in Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto.

Yoon Sang In, a professor at Hanyang University specializing in Japanese language and culture, will discuss why Korean young people are attracted to contemporary Japanese novels.

The presentation will be in Japanese.

Participation is free. Reservations will be accepted starting Monday, and 150 people will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

For reservations and more information, call the center at (075) 335-2078.

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